- Yiaga Africa and the Not Too Young To Run Movement have announced The Convergence 3.0 event
- The political gathering is for young aspirants in the southwest of Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections
- The organisers say Convergence 3.0 is a space for emerging political leaders who are committed to transformational public leadership
Lagos - Yiaga Africa and the Not Too Young To Run movement have announced the third edition of The Convergence.
Legit.ng gathered that The Convergence 3.0 is the largest gathering of young people running for elective office in the 2023 elections in the southwest region of Nigeria.
The organisers say the aim of the event is to prepare them to run successfully in the next general elections.
Part of a statement signed by Samson Itodo, executive director of Yiaga Africa read:
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“The Convergence 3.0 is a space for emerging political leaders who are committed to transformational public leadership to reflect, engage, and build generational solidarity in their quest to run for elective office.
“The conference is designed to equip young people with the knowledge, skills, and networks for running effective political campaigns and winning elections.
“With the inspiration, knowledge, and solidarity The Convergence series provides, young people running for elective office will surmount the challenges of securing party nomination, money politics, and managing electoral operations.
“The Convergence 3.0 is aimed at preparing young people in the southwest running for elective offices in 2023 through keynote speeches, masterclasses, plenary sessions, political fairs, and clinics.
“It will feature experts drawn from academia, civil society, professional bodies, relevant tiers of government, political parties, and the diplomatic corps.
“There will also be conversation-styled sessions and masterclasses/clinics on Ideologically-driven leadership; campaign structuring and money politics; candidate nomination; election law and adjudication; electoral operations and dirty politics.”
He said the event will take place physically in Lagos state between Wednesday, December 8 to Friday, December 10 with online participation.
He added that the qualification criteria needed to apply for The Convergence 3.0 is that applicants must be between 25-40 years; must be from any of the southwest states and running for office in the region.
Itodo added that the applicant must also be a registered voter, be a registered member of a political party; submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an official of his or her political party.
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